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Japanese Bonsai tree that survived the bombing of Hiroshima. Sage Ross/Wikimedia Commons.

Two days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, Dr. Harold Jacobsen told the Washington Post that Hiroshima would be as lifeless as the moon for 75 years, owing to the lingering radiation from the bomb. 75 years later, Hiroshima is a thriving city once again, with parks, baseball stadiums, shops, and all the creature comforts of a Japanese city. Five years ago I wrote a book about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, hit three days later by the second and last nuclear weapon ever used in war. …


At least three survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima will be in the audience when Obama speaks at the Peace Park tomorrow. They are three of the 183,000 registered hibakusa, (lit. “exposed person”) still living, whose average age is 80.

While the Japanese have been reluctant to ask for an apology (something Obama has said will not happen), a victims group for Korean victims of the bombing has been much more vocal in demanding an apology.

According to the Association of Korean Atomic Bomb Victims, between 40,000 to 70,000 Koreans were killed in the atomic bomb explosions that destroyed Hiroshima…


The G7 summit is underway right now in Ise, Japan. Many issues have been raised, from infrastructure, combating terrorism funding, the global economy and other things.

One thing that hasn’t been talked about, at least explicitly, is nuclear security. North Korea just conducted its fourth nuclear test in January, and has long been speculated to have missiles with a range long enough to strike Japan.

Also, the summit is taking place 5 years and 2 months after the Tohoku Earthquake, the worst in Japanese history that resulted in the meltdown of nuclear reactors at Fukushima. …


I used to like Salon.com. They had interesting pieces by Michelle Goldberg and thoughtful pieces by the likes of Courtney Love on music. They’ve published some godawful pieces, especially in the last year or so, and the latest one is a full-throated attack on Trevor Noah and his tenure as the host of “The Daily Show.”

It’s not the first time they’ve done this: They link to another attack piece in November saying essentially the same thing, that Noah is not as sharp as Stewart. Salon even did a data analysis of interviews with Noah (such a waste of time…

Robert O'Connor

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